Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service Review 2017 Consultation

Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service Review 2017 Consultation
 
Northamptonshire County Council needs to find £115m savings over the next four years predominantly to meet social care costs in the county.  The Library and Information Service must share in this financial challenge and seek to reduce costs to the tax payer.  The low cost per visit compared to other library services demonstrates that this cannot be achieved by further efficiencies alone, and requires a more fundamental reshaping of the service to ensure it is fit for the future.
 
The review of the library service will comprehensively examine the current Northamptonshire Library and Information Service as it operates over its current 36 static and one mobile site against four measures of accessibility, quality, availability and sustainability in line with the review approach recommended by the National Libraries Taskforce.  It will examine key statistics and trends within the service before setting out options about how a future library service may be shaped.  It will test these proposals against the common design principles of library services and consider the impact of the proposals on the residents of Northamptonshire.  This consultation and its outcomes will play a significant part in informing the new library strategy 2018-2022.
 
What might change?
We are consulting upon three options for the future of the Library and Information Service. Each section of the questionnaire gives more detail on what the options mean.
 
Option 1

  • Develop community-managed library model to be offered to all other current library communities
  • Retain countywide digital, information and business offer
  • Retain 15 libraries and further develop as community hubs – 8 large libraries, 7 medium libraries
  • Investigate potential future library service provision to additional location in Corby
  • Extend Library to You to replace Mobile Library
  • The mobile library would be withdrawn from service.

 
The remaining libraries would be closed, including the universal Children’s Centres services delivered in those libraries.  Expressions of interest from community groups, organisations or businesses wishing to establish a community-managed library are invited via their county councillor.  These community-managed libraries would sit outside of the statutory library service offered by the Council.
 
Option 2

  • Retain countywide digital, information and business offer
  • Retain 15 libraries and further develop as community hubs – 8 large libraries, 7 medium libraries
  • Investigate potential future library service provision to additional location in Corby
  • Extend Library to You to replace Mobile Library
  • The mobile library would be withdrawn from service.
  • The remaining libraries would be closed, including the universal Children’s Centres services delivered in those libraries.

 
Option 3

  • Retain countywide digital, information and business offer
  • Retain 8 libraries and further develop as community hubs
  • Extend Library to You to replace Mobile Library
  • The mobile library would be withdrawn from service
  • The remaining libraries would be closed, including the universal Children’s Centres services delivered in those libraries

 
In all three options, libraries with Children’s Centre designation are proposed for closure so it is important to consider the full range of services provided at the libraries when thinking about each of the proposals. Details of the proposals, copies of the Cabinet Paper and information about each library at risk of closure can be found on our web site.
 
How to give your views
We want to hear your views about these options to understand the possible impact of the proposals and what would be the best way forward for the Library and Information Service in Northamptonshire.
 
Please visit our web site for all of the different ways you can give your feedback to these proposals, including our online questionnaire and public events.
 
This consultation closes at 5pm on 13th January 2018.
 
Details of this consultation and other past and present consultations are available on Northamptonshire County Council’s Consultation Register.

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Litter Pick

The next Litter Pick event will be taking place on Sunday 22nd October.  Come along to the village hall at 9.45am for a bacon buttie.  The plan is to walk out in one direction for one hour picking up litter and then spending one hour coming back to be back at the village hall for noon.

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Next meeting of Preston Capes Parish Council

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 19th September.  The agenda for the meeting can be found here.  The draft minutes from July are here and August are here.

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Patient survey for the Northamptonshire Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Northants County Council are inviting you to tell them about pharmacy services in your area.
The services we are looking at include local services that you receive from pharmacies (or chemists). To do a good job, we need to regularly review what services we have, what our local people need, and how things might change in the future. This process is called a ‘pharmaceutical needs assessment’ and we are preparing one at the moment for Northamptonshire with the help of a company called Primary Care Commissioning (PCC) who specialise in this kind of work.
Many people call them chemists but in this survey we use the word pharmacy. By a pharmacy, we mean a place you would use to get a prescription or buy medicines which you can only buy from a pharmacy. We don’t mean the pharmacy at a hospital or the part of a pharmacy where you buy beauty products.
Your views are important to us so please spare a few minutes to complete this questionnaire.

We really want and value your input, but if you don’t want to take part, please just ignore this questionnaire; your decision will not affect the care you receive from the NHS or your pharmacy in any way.
The questionnaire is anonymous; you don’t have to give your name and address. Any information you do give will not be linked to you.
The results of our questionnaire will be published in the draft pharmaceutical needs assessment for Northamptonshire which Northamptonshire County Council will consult on in December and January.
If you would like more information about the questionnaire or have questions on how to complete the questionnaire, please email charlotte.goodson@pcc.nhsuk
This consultation closes on 4 October 2017.
Details of this consultation and other past and present consultations are available on Northamptonshire County Council’s Consultation Register.

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